Inside Averell’s Bedroom Makeover


I find that as my children get older it’s harder to surprise them. That’s why I was so excited to redo my daughter Averell’s bedroom in anticipation of her coming home from London for the holidays. I couldn’t wait to see the surprise on her face when she walked into her old room again.

Back in her high school days, I had given Averell free reins to decorate it the way she wanted. That meant that it looked something like a Tiffany Blue Box with enough gilding and bows through out the room to make a schoolgirl swoon.

In keeping with the Breakfast At Tiffany’s theme, there was a large painting of Audrey Hepburn and some of her sayings emblazoned on the wall. Along side all of the saccharine details, like a throw rug made out of Barbie Doll hair, sat her stuffed animals. When you walked into the room, you immediately felt that you had been sucked into some kind of time warp.

It was time for a change! Now that Averell is a successful Global Marketing Consultant living in London, I thought that her bedroom should reflect her grown up status. The only thing that I knew for sure was that she liked toile fabric.

With only a month and a half to get it done, I relied on the “Can do!” attitude of decorator Tim Kennedy from Kennedy Designs, who I’ve collaborated with for years, and his band of professionals to achieve my goal.

What I’m so please about it that the only items I bought for the remodel are the blue and white toile fabric, the two side tables and swinging lamps. Everything else was culled from the rest of the house or repurposed from Averell’s previous room.

So let the before and after photos do the talking here! Be sure to let me know what you think.  My comment section will be up and running again this Thursday!




This is the same armchair as before, only with no dust ruffle and new fabric.  The makeup table belonged to my Grandmother and can be seen here stripped of all the silver paint from the previous room.

Over the bed hangs a section of of an antique Chinese bed, that I bought in Hong Kong years ago.  It now fits perfectly above Averell’s bed.

The only thing that was purchased for this remodel are the side table and folding lamp.

The photograph was taken by my childhood friend and photographer Mariana Cook and was given to us as a wedding present.

Averell is the one with the big smile!


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  • Lou Ann
    January 11, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    I love the blue and white – how did she react?


  • martha
    January 11, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    love the transformation jennifer — looks really beautiful!!


    January 11, 2017 at 10:23 pm


  • Jennifer
    January 12, 2017 at 12:15 am

    She was over the moon thrilled. The Surprise factor really helped! Looking forward to seeing you on Friday.

  • Jennifer
    January 12, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Thanks Martha! Looking forward to more Transformations in the New Year!

  • Jennifer
    January 12, 2017 at 12:23 am

    It’s now in my basement! My decorator HATED IT! I thought it was kind of whimsical…maybe in our garden next time. She was so happy with the redo!

    January 12, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    IT is WORTH a bIT of MONEY…………if it’s TRUE VINTAGE.

  • Our French Oasis
    January 12, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Love the makeover, I hope your daughter was thrilled. Also hope she is enjoying London, still my favourite city, I worked there for several years, pre marriage and pre children! So happy to have found your blog, thanks to a comment you left on mine, I’ve just has great fun browsing posts and will continue to do so! Susan

  • Connie
    January 18, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Looks lovely, Jennifer! Was the large mirror yours or a new purchase? Loved chatting with both girls over cocktails at our place !

  • Jennifer
    January 19, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    The mirror was ours as well. I bought it from the window at Gumps when we first moved to San Francisco. We loved seeing you on the New Year’s Eve. Such Fun!

  • Jennifer
    January 19, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    She was surprised and thrilled when she saw the room. I too love London and plan on getting over there more often in the New Year. Thanks Susan for following me. I grew up speaking French in Zurich and Paris, so I love reading about your adventures in the French countryside. I would love to know why you decided to move there. Perhaps you mentioned it in an earlier post. I too am glad that I found your blog…and will continue reading it.

  • Jennifer
    January 19, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    It’s a part of a pair, so I’ll hold onto it. Thanks for your well educated advice.